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5 Most Popular Dog Breeds Registered with the American Kennel Club

Ask any pet owner for a list of the most popular dog breeds and you will probably get a different answer every time. That’s because anyone who is close with a canine companion usually thinks that their pet is truly the best. While dogs continue to capture our hearts, some breeds stand out and become noticeably more popular than others.

5th Place: The Golden Retriever

It’s no surprise that the Golden Retriever would find a place on the American Kennel Club’s list. This popular canine has earned a place in many homes thanks to its trademark temperament. The average Golden is very patient and loving. They don’t mind children and fit in exceptionally well in a family setting. They are also quite sociable and happily welcome visitors into their home. A healthy, well-balanced and well-trained Golden Retriever will show no unprovoked aggression and will be very amicable.

4th Place: Beagle

The Beagle is yet another handsome canine that has earned a reputation among dog owners. This breed comes from England however it is actually more popular in Canada and the United States. Beagles are gentle and show an even temperament that is very appealing to families and individuals looking for a companion pet.  They aren’t timid, but show no aggression either.  Potential owners should be aware that this breed is very headstrong and determined which can make training a challenge.

3rd Place: Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is the smallest canine featured on this list. What it lacks in size it makes up for in appearance and personality. Developed in Yorkshire, England during the 19th century, this breed was a worker. Its small size was perfect for its assigned task: catching rats. The average Yorkie weighs less than 10 pounds and is very active and affectionate. It can also be overprotective and is not considered a lap dog.

2nd Place: German Shepherd

The Alsatian (German Shepherd) came from Germany, but has spread to become one of the most popular dog breeds in other countries including the United States.  This herding canine is protective, a trait harkening back to its original purpose which included guarding its master’s livestock. The average German Shepherd is large and can weigh anywhere from 55 to 95 pounds with females falling on the lighter side. The breed is highly intelligent and a hard worker. It is also very active and will require an outlet to satisfy its mental and physical abilities.

1st Place: Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever takes first place on the American Kennel Club’s top dog breeds list. This breed serves as an excellent gun dog. Unlike other canines, the Lab has webbed paws which allow it to take well to water. This stems from the dog’s original purpose, which included retrieving nets for fishermen. They are hugely popular in many countries, including the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada.  The average Lab weighs between 60 and 88 pounds and stands 21 to 25 inches tall. Accepted colors include black, chocolate and yellow.

Yorkie Poodle Mix

A Yorkie Poodle mix, or Yorkie-Poo, is a very popular kind of hybrid dog. These dogs are also known as designer dogs. The Yorkie-Poo is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle, usually a Toy Poodle. However, the Poodle Parent could be a Miniature Poodle which is also a small breed.

Hybrid Dogs

The Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodles (all varieties) are two of the most popular breeds of all dogs in the U.S. and in many other countries, so it’s no surprise that crossing these breeds would produce a dog that is also popular. However, whenever breeds are crossed there is no guarantee which breed the puppies will resemble. Some of the puppies may look more like the Yorkie parent and some may look more like the Poodle parent. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily more healthy than purebred dogs. If the parents have health problems, they can pass the on to their puppies. Many hybrid breeders claim that breeding this way will produce “hybrid vigor” but this is untrue. This is not crossing two different species so it’s not true hybrid vigor in a biological or agricultural sense. All of these dogs are the same species. If they share similar health problems then it’s likely that the puppies will inherit those problems, too.

People often choose to use Poodles to crossbreed dogs because they do not shed much, if at all, and they are good for people with allergies. Some Yorkie Poodle mix puppies may have a coat that doesn’t shed much but you should meet the individual puppies so you can see which ones have a coat that is more like a Poodle coat.

Temperament

In terms of temperament the Yorkie-Poo can make a very nice pet. Both the Yorkie and the Poodle are outgoing breeds. The Yorkie tends to be quite feisty at times and is a confident dog. Poodles are also confident and one of the most intelligent of all dogs. Your Yorkie Poodle mix dog could be more like the Yorkie parent in temperament or more like the Poodle parent, but chances are that he will be quite smart and he should be outgoing, especially at home. With good socialization he should also be friendly and outgoing with strangers. Poodles love to show off and be the center of attention. If your Yorkie-Poo has good socialization he can also show off tricks he learns and be the center of attention wherever he goes.

Appearance and Grooming

As Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles (both Toy and Miniature) are both quite small breeds, your Yorkie-Poo will likely be a small dog. Yorkies have long, silky hair that needs to be brushed daily. Poodles have curly coat that doesn’t shed. Many owners take them to a professional groomer and keep their coat clipped short. There are various clips you can choose but most people use a simple all-over pet clip. A Yorkie-Poo may have coat that resembles either parent or which is something in the middle. It can be wavy, curly, or straight. Depending on the type of coat you may choose to keep it clipped or simply brush it out. The coat can be many different colors, just as Poodle coats can be many different colors. The dog’s nose is usually black and the eyes are dark. The ears can stand up, like the Yorkshire Terrier’s ears, or lie down, like the Poodle’s ears.

Conclusion

The Yorkie Poodle mix is a very popular little hybrid dog. They can make good pets. If you are interested in getting a Yorkie-Poo you should talk to the breeder and ask about the health of the parents. Ask if the breeder has had any health tests done and ask to see the results. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily healthier than purebred dogs. Only health testing the parents helps produce healthier puppies.

Smallest Dog Breed

There are several contenders for smallest dog breed. Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world but the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian are also quite small and there can be individual dogs which are smaller than some Chihuahuas. Other breeds, such as the Maltese, the Japanese Chin, and the Papillon, all weigh less than 10 pounds and can also rival the Chihuahua as the smallest breed at times.

What Is the Smallest Breed of Dog in the World?

Here are some of the breeds which might be considered the smallest breed of dog in the world.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a very old Mexican breed. Dogs of this type have probably existed in Mexico for hundreds of years and a larger version may have been used in religious ceremonies by some of the earlier Mexican peoples. The Chihuahua is a bold, feisty breed. They can be quite independent, though they are devoted to their owners. They are not recommended for families with small children but they should do all right with older children. The Chihuahua is not supposed to weigh more than 6 pounds according to the club’s breed standard, though some pets do weigh more.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from England. They were originally a terrier breed and were bred to hunt rats and other vermin in the textile mills of northern England. They are a beautiful little breed with a long flowing coat of tan and blue. The Yorkie is outgoing, determined, and brave. They are not afraid of anything. They are also very curious and quite active. The Yorkie only weighs 4 to 7 pounds.

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian was once a much larger dog, weighing up to 30 pounds, and was used to pull sleds in the cold north of Europe. Over the last 200 years the breed has been slowly reduced in size until today these charming little dogs weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. They retain their spitz-dog appearance and even look like little foxes. They are intelligent, outgoing, and love to please their owners. With their thick, dense coats they do need quite a bit of grooming.

Maltese

The beautiful Maltese has a long flowing white coat. These dogs are good for allergy-sufferers. The Maltese has been known for around 2800 years. This charming, intelligent, brave, playful little dog only weighs 4 to 6 pounds. They do require daily brushing to keep their coats from matting.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is actually a Chinese breed. They were bred only to be lapdogs for ladies in the Imperial Palace. These little dogs are intelligent, affectionate, and devoted. It’s easy to teach them tricks and they enjoy showing off in front of friends, though they can be reserved with strangers. They are playful and agile. The Japanese Chin usually weighs between 7 and 9 pounds, though some dogs can weigh just 4 pounds. They stand 8 to 11 inches tall. They have a lovely longish coat that is usually white with black or red markings.

Papillon

The Papillon was originally known as a Dwarf Spaniel in the 16th and 17th century, though any relation to spaniels seems unlikely. These little dogs are friendly, elegant, and quite dainty. They are happy and lively little dogs. They have a medium-long coat but they do not have an undercoat and they don’t need a lot of grooming. The Papillon (the name means “butterfly” for the breed’s butterfly-like ears) stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 5 to 10 pounds.

Conclusion

Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world but there are several other small breeds which are similar in size to the Chihuahua.

Best Small Dog Breeds

There are 21 breeds in the AKC’s Toy group and similar numbers in the Toy groups of other countries. All of these breeds are small companion dogs. There are also small breeds in the Non-Sporting group of the AKC and the Utility group of other countries. When it comes to deciding which dogs make the best small dog breeds there are many breeds from which to choose. The selection really depends on what traits you are looking for in a small breed. You will find information below about some of the most popular small dog breeds around the world.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie,” was originally bred to hunt vermin and rats in the textile mills of northern England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. However, he was such a beautiful dog that he was quickly taken up as a pet instead of a ratter. However, the Yorkie retains a terrier temperament. Yorkshire Terriers are bold and brave and they will stand up to large dogs. A Yorkie will take over your house if you don’t keep reminding him that you are the boss. Yorkies only weigh 4 to 7 pounds. They have a beautiful long, flowing coat though some owners prefer to keep them in a short cut.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three Poodle varieties. The Poodle originated in Germany as a water retriever (pudel means “to splash” in German) but the breed was quickly appropriated by the French. Toy Poodles were used for truffle hunting because of their good noses and small size. They were also used as circus dogs because they were so smart and easy to train. The Toy Poodle is about 10 inches tall at the shoulder or less. Toy Poodles come in lots of different colors. You can keep your Toy Poodle in one of several different clips. However, most pet owners prefer to use a pet clip with short curly hair all over. Poodles do not shed and are known as “hypoallergenic” dogs, although no dog is completely hypoallergenic. They can make a good choice for someone who is usually allergic to dogs.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu has been around for hundreds of years and dates back to the time of the Chinese emperors. They were probably originally a cross between the Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso. They have been beloved as lap dogs and companions throughout the centuries. This breed was only brought to the West when they were discovered in the Imperial Palace by English soldiers in WWII. Shih Tzu are now very popular in the West. They stand about 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh up to 16 pounds. The Shih Tzu has a beautiful long, flowing coat. These are sweet, playful dogs. They make a lively, friendly, and alert companion.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua originated in Mexico. They are considered to be a very old breed and similar dogs are thought to have been used in native religious ceremonies centuries ago. Chihuahuas are very bright and alert dogs. They are bold and feisty. Chihuahuas are not recommended for small children but they should do well with older kids. These dogs can be quite devoted to their owner. However, they will try to rule the house if you don’t remind them that you are the boss. Chihuahuas can be either longcoated or shortcoated. They can weigh up to 6 pounds.

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a Toy dog but they originated as part of the Spitz family of dogs. At one time this breed weighed around 30 pounds and they were used as sled dogs. In the last 200 years they have been bred down in size to weigh between 3 and 7 pounds today. They are confident, cheerful, friendly little dogs who make active, alert companions. Pomeranians are intelligent and love to please their owners. They do have a dense coat and take quite a bit of regular grooming.

Conclusion

The best small dog breeds will usually depend on what you are looking for in a dog. The breeds discussed here are some of the most popular small dog breeds in the world and many people love them. When looking for a dog you may want to start by considering these breeds. However, there are many other small dogs, so if these dogs don’t tempt you, you can find other breeds that may be more to your liking.

Smallest Dog in the World

The smallest breed of dog in the world is usually considered to be the Chihuahua. However, individual dogs of other breeds may sometimes be the smallest dog in the world. At times Yorkshire Terriers have been listed as the smallest dog in the world. The current smallest dog in the world is a Pug who is believed to have a form of dwarfism.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?

The smallest dog ever recorded was a Yorkshire Terrier named Sylvia. She was owned by Arthur Marples from Blackburn, England. Sylvia was 2.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches long from her nose to the tip of her tail, and weighed just 4 ounces. She died when she was just two years old in 1945.

From 1995 through 2002 the Guinness World Records had Big Boss, a Yorkshire Terrier, listed as the smallest dog in the world. Big Boss was 4.7 inches tall, He was owned by Dr. Chai Khanchanakom of Thailand.

Before 1995 the smallest dog alive was listed as a Yorkshire Terrier named Thumbelina who stood 5.5 inches tall and who was 8 inches long.

Another contender for smallest dog in the world is Elwood, the Jack Russell Terrier. Jack Russells are usually a larger breed but tiny Elwood is only 3.5 inches tall, 6 inches long, and weighs 15 ounces. Elwood was over a year old when these measurements were taken so he was no longer a puppy.

A Chihuahua named Brandy is the current Guinness World Record holder as the world’s smallest dog but her claim to the title has been called into question with the story of Grace, the Pug. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3862597/Is-pooch-worlds-smallest-dog.html

Grace, the Pug, is less than 6 inches tall and only 6 inches long. She weighs one pound and six ounces, which is four ounces less than Brandy the Chihuahua. However, Grace is only five months old, so she may still be growing. Vets believe that Grace may suffer from a form of dwarfism so she will never be full-size. A Pug normally weighs up to 18 pounds. Grace and her owner, Sandra Devall, live in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

Concerns

Dogs that are exceptionally small often have additional health problems and they may have a shortened lifespan. Some breeders may try to breed Toy dogs to make them smaller but there are risks to the puppies. It is also not easy for smaller Toy breed mothers to breed naturally or to produce puppies. Breeders usually charge much more for these very small puppies. Some of these very tiny dogs may be substandard and they may not meet the breed club’s standard of what a good dog should be like.

If you are looking for an exceptionally small puppy, do be aware that your dog may have more health problems throughout its life.

Conclusion

The smallest dog in the world is often either a Chihuahua or a Yorkshire Terrier. There are usually additional health problems for dogs that are exceptionally small.

Smallest Dog

There are several breeds which could claim to be the smallest dog breed.  Among the contenders are the Chihuahua, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Pomeranian.  All of these breeds typically weigh under 10 pounds.  Here’s a look at some of the smallest dogs.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?

Chihuahua

Most people would probably agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world.  They can weigh up to 6 pounds but if they get much bigger than that then they are overweight.  Some people breed and sell Chihuahuas that are as small as possible but there are health risks involved in breeding these dogs too small.  Chihuahuas can be either long-coated or smooth-coated.

Yorkshire Terrier

Another breed which would be considered one of the smallest breeds in the world is the Yorkshire Terrier.  These beautiful little dogs have a long, flowing coat in tan and blue.  They weigh between 4 and 7 pounds.

Pomeranian

The beautiful Pomeranian is a tiny dog that weighs between 3 and 7 pounds.  At one time they were much larger, weighing up to 30 pounds, and were used to pull sleds, but now they are purely companion dogs. They have a thick, dense coat that requires a great deal of grooming.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is another very small dog that only stands up to about 11 inches tall. They have always been a companion dog.

Papillon

The dainty Papillon (the name means “butterfly” because of the butterfly-like ears) has always been a companion dog.  These little dogs are happy and love to play.  They stand up to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.

Maltese

The lovely Maltese is one of the smallest breeds of dogs in the world.  They weigh less than 7 pounds.  This breed has been known for more than 2000 years and they come from the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.  As far as we know, this breed has always been a companion dog.

The Official Title “World’s Smallest Dog”

All of the breeds discussed above have been bred to be their current size.  However, the title of “World’s Smallest Dog” currently belongs to a dog named Gracie who is a Pug.  She weighs one pound, six ounces.  She is less than six inches tall.  It is believed that she suffers from a form of dwarfism.  Pugs generally weigh around 18 pounds and stand up to 10 inches tall.

Where Can I Find Pictures of the World’s Smallest Dog?

You can find a picture of Gracie, the World’s Smallest Dog on this site:  http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3862597/Is-pooch-worlds-smallest-dog.html

You can find photos of most of the breeds of the smallest dogs on this web site:  http://www.dogbreed4u.com/article/world-top-10-smallest-dog-breeds ; or by visiting the AKC web site and looking at the Toy group:  http://www.akc.org/breeds/toy_group.cfm

Smallest Dog

Conclusion

There are quite a few breeds that weigh less than 10 pounds if you are looking for a very small dog.  However, do be careful if you are buying a very small dog.  Dogs that are bred to be extremely small for their particular breed can suffer from additional health problems related to their size.